Study Group Description:

The National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE)  study group focuses on assisting international medical graduates (IMGs) in reviewing competencies as outlined by the National Assessment Collaboration alliance of Canada and the objectives for the NAC OSCE. The sessions focus on clinical knowledge and skills, ethics, professionalism, communication and decision making abilities at the level of a Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) in Canada. Sessions include a practice NAC OSCE.

The study group's objectives are:
  • To understand the NAC OSCE objectives, formats and measurements
  • To strengthen and broaden clinical knowledge and critical thinking in all focus areas of the NAC OSCE through interactive clinical case presentations
  • To enhance communication, cultural and language skills relative to the passing of the NAC OSCE

Limited spaces are available in the NAC study group.

Licensing Bodies/Provincial Program:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

Examining Body: 

Medical Council of Canada (MCC)

Provincial Stakeholder:

Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP)

Other stakeholder:

Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS)


Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed physicians or senior residents


No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be an international medical graduate
  • Provide a copy of MCC QEI exam results if requested
  • Proof of provincial eligibility with the AIMGP may be requested
  • Have registered for an upcoming NAC exam and provide proof upon request
  • Complete a study group assessment with a career coach
  • Attend the mandatory screening sessions. Screening includes one-on-one interviews designed to assess clinical knowledge, language fluency, communication and attitude towards learning
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator

* Acceptance to the NAC study group requires participation in a screening process.There is a two-part screening process for a seat in the NAC study group. Eligible clients must pass step one before advancing to step two.

Step One: Subject to changeWritten Exam Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020 Location: Bow Valley College 345 - 6 Avenue SE (room location will be emailed to eligible clients)

Important information:

  • You must bring Alberta picture identification
  • No books, pens, watches or cell phones are permitted
  • All belongings will be in a locker, or at the front of the testing room under supervision of a room monitor, inaccessible during the exam

**If successful in passing the written exam, you will be invited to step two via email.

Step Two: Subject to change Class Screening Session - for invited participants Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and Thursday, July 9, 2020 (if required) Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Location: Bow Valley College 345 - 6 Avenue SE (room location will be emailed to eligible clients)

Important information:

Session involves both group and individual work In class assessment criteria is based on CANMEDS All decisions are final Participants may reapply for future group offerings Notification of acceptance or decline will be sent via email

Delivery Method:


Required Textbook:

Toronto Notes (current edition) for Medical Students, University of Toronto Press

Start Date:

Thursday, July 16, 2020



What are the steps to find out if you can join the NAC study group?
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach 403-770-5155
  2. Complete your online registration form
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach.
  5. Potential clients will be added to a list and will be notified of the assessment test date and details
  6. Attend, write and pass an assessment test session on a specified date (see * note above for more details) Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

Note: There is limited number of spaces available for this study group. All applicants are added to a potential participant list until notification of acceptance. Final acceptance to the study group is based on available space and personal suitability to the group and the objectives of the study group.  For more information, call the main reception at 403-770-5155.